I send the items (mostly bowls, covered dishes, casseroles, and platters) that do not measure up to my standards to a friend who runs a plant nursery. There they make planters out of them - usually covering up any flaws I found, and the plants become the main focus. I barter the pots for plants so we both win.
I find there are people who appreciate different things in every pot and have been surprised how some pots I just was disappointed in are admired by others. When the pot is no longer the element of attention but in partnership with other materials/plants it is a good symbiotic unit. If I don't feel a flawed pot is good enough for turning into a planter I use it for target practice at the gun range.